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Jim Mattis / Flickr

On Wednesday evening, stories broke that Donald Trump had reached agreement with Democratic leaders on a plan for restoring DACA and keeping Dreamers in the United States. For a few hours, hundreds of thousands of young people directly affected—and millions of Americans who support them—felt a tremendous sense of relief. 

And then …

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Trump’s morning twitter session brought the idea of a rational solution crashing down. White House aides from Wednesday’s meeting indicated that Trump and Democrats had reached a bargain that would protect the young immigrants whose lives were upended when Trump dismantled DACA. It was understood that Trump would continue to go after his much-discussed “wall” however …

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But that was Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, Trump seemed to wash his hands of the deal, repudiated everything he’d said the previous day, and was back to an … unmitigated mess. Between the White House statement Wednesday night, and Trump’s prolonged Twitter stream on Thursday morning, it seems impossible to tell if there is any deal, any plan, or any idea of Trump’s next action. What happened?

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